Ben Donkor Is Taking Over Our Instagram for #LIFTSocialJade FurubayashiBlogger ExtraordinaireSimply Measured
You might know him as @FR314, but we know him as Ben Donkor, a digital marketing pro with a love for Beyoncé or social analytics.
Ben Donkor is a talented and seasoned Social Media Analyst, and now works at Microsoft. Why are we talking about our best friend Ben? Because he’s taking over our Instagram account during the #LIFTSocial conference!
You will be able to follow along with Ben’s long, adventurous trip from the UK to Seattle, and stick with him throughout the =LIFT(Social) experience.
We gave Ben a ring across the pond and asked him a few questions about what he’s looking forward to most.
How do you feel about taking over our Instagram account?
I’m thrilled and excited! It’s my first time in Seattle and the first-ever Simply Measured conference.
I’ve been asking for a Simply Measured conference for years, so I’m psyched it’s finally come together and I can be a part of it.
Could you talk a little bit more about your relationship with SM?
A few years ago, when I was back at Groupon, I basically had no social tools whatsoever. As a Social Media Analyst, I needed tools to do my work!
The first solution that came to mind was Simply Measured — that was the best option out of all the ones I had researched. While using the trial, I actually felt like, “You know, this isn’t just a great tool for me, but a great tool for my colleagues and so many other marketers.”
*taps mic* So…I'm going to be in Seattle next week, so if anyone would like to recommend best places to get carbs & guac, slide in my DMs 👍🏾
I just started going crazy on Twitter first and then on my blog I wrote a love note to Simply Measured. It just made my whole life so much easier. Those were the days! Fast forward to now, at my new job, where we also use Simply Measured. That was a huge relief on my first day.
What are you most excited for at the conference?
I’m excited to see the Simply Measured folks speak. You follow someone on Twitter and you think they sound one way…but they sound totally different in person.
I assume that Uri Bar-Joseph probably sounds like Barry White, but when I meet him he might actually sound like Future.
Who are you most excited to see speak?
There are a bunch of sessions and panels I look forward to seeing. I’m really looking forward to the Social Marketing Trends for 2016 panel. It’ll be great for me to see what the panelists think is the next-hot-thing, but also give ideas about how to tackle them.
I expect this conference to not only say why so-and-so is going to be huge, but what we as marketers can do to capitalize on developments in the field.
Work aside, what’s one thing you have to do before you leave Seattle?
I know that Seattle is big on football and sports, and I’m not at all. But, you know what else I’m big on? Food.
I know that the Seattle Restaurant Week is happening while I’m in town, so I’m going to be going up and down, east and west, around Seattle. I’m also going to have to go to Starbucks because it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season.
10 Things to Do in Seattle While You’re Here for =LIFT(Social, 2015) ConferenceLucy HitzBlogger ExtraordinaireSimply Measured
On October 22nd, Simply Measured is hosting our first annual conference =LIFT(Social,2015) dedicated to social media excellence in Seattle, Washington. We have speakers from Microsoft, TechCrunch, Twitter, Alaska Airlines, Nordstrom, and many other high-caliber organizations. We’re offering highly practical lessons to help you hit goals when you get back to the office. At =LIFT(Social,2015), you’ll learn more about: Building and executing… Continue Reading
Over 1,000 customers trust Simply Measured to deliver the best possible access to social data. We have emerged as the leader in social analytics by delivering on that promise, and today we are excited to announce the launch of Simply Measured Connect to take the next step in meeting the growing needs of marketers. Simply… Continue Reading
=LIFT Is Back for a #BreakThrough YearUri Bar-JosephBlogger ExtraordinaireSimply Measured
It’s been a few months since we concluded our first annual conference, and I’m excited to announce that our second is on the way! =LIFT(social,2016) will take place September 20-22 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle. Early bird tickets will go on sale on April 1st, and you can get the quickest updates on… Continue Reading
Facebook Reactions Now Available in Simply Measured ReportsKevin ShivelyBlogger ExtraordinaireSimply Measured
Facebook Reactions became a hot button issue on social media when they were released into the wild a few weeks back. Some people loved them, some hated them, some thought they would change the face of marketing forever. While Reactions may not change the game, they give people using Facebook the opportunity to easily convey a… Continue Reading